Aiding transition to university through an outdoor orientation programme: Accelerated friendships

PICKARD, L., BRUNTON, Julie, MCKENNA, J. and UTLEY, A. (2020). Aiding transition to university through an outdoor orientation programme: Accelerated friendships. The Journal of College Orientation, Transition and Retention, 27 (2).

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    Abstract

    Outdoor orientation programs are used to provide experiences which aid transition to university. We investigated how an outdoor orientation program for first-year university students in England, UK accelerates social group development, which in turn aids transition and adaptation to university. We employed mixed methods data collection, including the Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire (SACQ) (Baker & Siryk, 1989) and semi-structured interviews. The questionnaire indicated that the outdoor orientation program significantly aided adaptation to university. The benefits of accelerated social group formation for transitioning young adults are explored through thematic analysis and explained through psychological theory.

    Item Type: Article
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
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    Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2020 13:54
    Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 17:45
    URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27198

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